Mexican Red Leg Hermit Crab - Coenobita species - Dwarf Red Tip Hermit
Mexican Red-Leg Hermit Crab - Coenobita species Taxonomy:
Mexican Red-Leg Hermit Crab belongs to the Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Arthropoda, Class Crsutacea, Order Decapoda, Family Coenobitidae and Genus Coenobita. Scientific names:
The scientific name of Mexican Red-Leg Hermit Crab is Coenobita species. Other common names:
Mexican Red-Leg Hermit Crab is also known as Dwarf Red Tip Hermit Crab, Equal-handed Hermit Crab and Blue-spotted Hermit Crab. Origin or natural range:
Mexican Red-Leg Hermit Crab originates from the Western Atlantic Ocean in Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Size:
The Coenobita species may grow up to a small size of 1.5 inches. Compatibility:
Mexican Red-Leg Hermit Crab is semi-aggressive towards the other marine aquarium invertebrates. Habit & Habitat:
- The Coenobita species lives in groups. - Mexican Red-Leg Hermit Crab dwells in the empty gastropod shells, especially those of snails. The Coenobita species keeps changing shells as it outgrows the existing one.
- The claws of Mexican Red-Leg Hermit Crab help to break off the food and to block the entrance of shell for its predators.
- The Coenobita species is very hardy.
- As suggested by the name, the face and the legs of Mexican Red-Leg Hermit Crab are red in color.
- Both the claws of the Coenobita species are of same size.
- Growth enabling environment in your marine aquarium:
Your marine aquarium must meet the following environmental specifics to successfully host Mexican Red-Leg Hermit Crab:
- Temperature of water: The marine aquarium having the Coenobita species in it, should maintain temperature in the range of seventy-two to seventy-eight degrees Fahrenheit.
- Specific gravity of water: Maintain the specific gravity of the water within 1.023 to 1.025.
- pH of water: The pH value of the water in your marine aquarium should scale between 8.10 and 8.40.
- Humidity: Mexican Red-Leg Hermit Crab is the most active in humid environmental conditions. A humidity of seventy percent is the best suited for the Coenobita species but, even Fifty percent to sixty percent humidity in your marine aquarium will be fine for Mexican Red-Leg Hermit Crab.
- Habit & habitat:
- To host the Coenobita species, you should have a reef type marine aquarium or fish only marine aquarium with a minimum water capacity of five to ten gallons.
- Keep two to three inches layer of peat moss, soil, sand and/or vermiculite as substrate for Mexican Red-Leg Hermit Crab.
- Please ensure that your marine aquarium has ample algal growth, Live Rocks and empty gastropod shells of various shapes and sizes in it. Many shells are needed so that Mexican Red-Leg Hermit Crab may change the shell according to its body size, as and when needed by it.
- Also keep wood, cork bark and the half of a small clay flower pot for the Coenobita species to be used as shelter during the day or during the sensitive molting phase.
- Mexican Red-Leg Hermit Crab aerates the sand of the marine aquarium by ploughing it in search of food.
- Feeding & Nutrition:
- The Coenobita species is omnivorous in feeding habit and eats algae, especially green hair algae and slime algae, cyanobacteria, detritus and the meaty bits of seafood, thereby cleaning your marine aquarium.
- In case your reef tank does not have sufficient algal growth in it, then compensate the nutritional gap for Mexican Red-Leg Hermit Crab by adding dry seaweed to the water.
- Mexican Red-Leg Hermit Crab is easy to handle owing to its non-poisonous nature.
- Prevent the exposure of the Coenobita species to sun and high temperatures as these may dehydrate it.